VIDEO: Plan With Me | December 2018 Bullet Journal Setup

Hello everyone! With the holiday season coming up, I think it’s so important to stay organized and on top of all of our holiday travels, parties, and gifts. So today I’ll be walking you through how I set up my bullet journal for December

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I recently reached the end of my current planner, and I’ll be starting a brand new official bullet journal in the new year, but since there is still one month left in 2018, I pulled out a small Moleskine journal. The exact one I use is the 5”x8.25” Cahier notebook with gridded lines. They come in packs of three and are a great deal! I’ve been using these journals for YEARS. I find them to be a great size, they’re lightweight so they’re easy to carry with me all the time, and they’re less intimidating than a large hardcover official journal/planner. One of these will usually last me about 3 months, but I’ll just be using this one for December. The front and backs of these notebooks are very similar and hard to tell apart at a glance, so I just decorated the front of mine with a few strips of washi tape.

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For now, I left the first page blank because I’m going to go back in later and create something pretty.

The first full spread is my monthly overview. I penned out a good sized monthly calendar, and created a box to the side to keep track of important dates. Other things I like to include on my monthly pages are goals, books and TV shows I’m reading and watching, and photos I want to take. You can customize these boxes however you’d like! For this month, I decorated the page with some simple ornaments and Christmas string lights and went with a green color scheme.

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The next few pages are for my weekly spreads. I like to do all of these at once in the beginning of the month because these don’t change too much and it makes it easier for me to plan for the week ahead. I’m trying out a new (for me) layout for these weekly spreads for the month. Each of the spreads has an empty space (which I’ve filled with illustrations in this example) that I’m leaving blank so I can fill it with whatever I like that week, like a quote I like, something funny that someone said, or just other random doodles.

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The next spread is one that I really loved in November - it’s an illustrated “favorites” spread where I doodle out some of the things I’ve been enjoying that month.

I think these turn out looking so cool and it’s fun to look back on. I like to create monochromatic drop shadows on these illustrations with the month’s theme color so that it doesn’t look too busy. For now, I’ve just created the title for the page and will fill it in with the illustrations later.

For the next spread, I have one page for a gratitude log and the other side is just a brainstorming page for some of my project ideas.

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Finally, I like to leave some blank pages for journaling. I left these as the last spreads for the month because I never know how many pages I need, so I can just fill them up as I go instead of trying to guess how many pages I need in between other spreads.

I filmed a full video showing you the process if you’d like to watch:

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope this inspires you to get organized for December! :)

Last project for A Blog Named Hero!

Wow, I can't believe it, but I'm sharing my last inspiration project for A Blog Named Hero today!!! It has been so amazing to be a part of this team, and of course I wanted to finish off with a really special card. Since the current challenge is Sparkle and Shine, I wanted to make a card with A LOT of shine. Like, seriously the max. So what is shinier than a FULL card front of gold foil!?

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Of course, I wanted to add just a bit more to the gold foil so I used the Butterfly Confetti background die to emboss on the foil using an embossing pad through my die cutting machine. The embossing on the gold foil came out 😍😍😍, and the embossed die just adds a ton of dimension.

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Since I didn't want to cover up too much of that gorgeous background, I kept the sentiment and embellishments small. I stamped a sentiment from the ___ set, and added some matching twine and enamel accents to finish.

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I hope you will join along with our A Blog Named Hero challenge this month - there are still a few days left to make your project and enter!

SUPPLIES USED:

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink
Hero Arts Black Dye Ink

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Butterfly Confetti Background Die
Butterfly Confetti Background Die

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Hero Arts - Welcome Neighbor
Hero Arts - Welcome Neighbor

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Sparkle and Shine

Hello! A new challenge starts at A Blog Named Hero today, and it's another good one! The theme is Sparkle and Shine, so I picked out my shiniest glitter cardstock and used a gorgeous die from Hero Arts.

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I absolutely love making gate fold cards using this die, and using a glittery cardstock just made it that much more fun!

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For the inside, I layered the LOVE sentiment stamp from the January My Monthly Hero Kit, and embossed the top layer with a clear embossing powder for even more shine!

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I hope you'll play along with us this month, and be sure to check out the ABNH blog post for more inspiration!

Birthday card with recycled design

Is anyone else's summer blowing by like mine is? This has been the busiest season I've had in a long time - between moving two apartments (mine and my boyfriend's), planning my wedding, travel for work coming up, amidst all the usual summer craziness, I haven't had much time to craft (and most of my supplies are still in boxes right now) ... so my advice to you, if you're also really busy this summer, is to recycle a card design that you've already made before and loved! Since you've already done it, you don't have to spend time trying to come up with a new design, but you still get to destress with some fun inks and stamps - which often is exactly what we need when our lives are so busy.

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Here is a photo of the card that I recreated based on an old favorite! Ink blending over stencils is one of my favorite things to do because you get an awesome, colorful background and you don't have to think too much about it - it will almost ALWAYS come out beautiful! The stencil I used today is from an older My Monthly Hero kit, and I also used a bunch of mini ink pads from previous kits - which shows that this works with dye inks too (not just Distress Inks), if you use a light hand!

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The card was really easy to finish off by layering a vellum heart and a heat embossed birthday sentiment for this month's Birthday challenge.

Hope you enjoyed this recreated card, and thanks for stopping by today!

SUPPLIES USED:

Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - December 2017
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - December 2017

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Hero Arts Heat Gun
Hero Arts Heat Gun

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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder

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Classic Vellum Layering Paper
Classic Vellum Layering Paper

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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

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A Blog Named Hero - Birthday Challenge 🎈

Hello! A new challenge starts at A Blog Named Hero today! This month's challenge is another great one - birthdays! You can never have too many birthday cards, and I love challenges like this that help you to build up your card stash - and giving you a chance to win a gift card at the same time! ;)

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For some reason, I love including rainbow color schemes into my birthday cards. I think there's just something about it that screams, CELEBRATION! For my card, I used supplies from the March My Monthly Hero kit - which, I'm sure you've realized, has been one of my favorite kits ever (and somehow, it's still in stock!!). I've use different parts of it on a lot of my recent projects.

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I picked out some stamps, and repeatedly stamped one of the images in rainbow order, overlapping by a bit each time. My MISTI was really helpful for this, because I kept it in the same spot, but slid it up or down for each next stamping so that everything lined up perfectly.

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This card design is great, because you get to play with your collection of ink pads and customize it with whatever colors you want! Other than the inks, it really doesn't take many supplies, either. I finished the card by mounting it on some color patterned paper, then on a bright aqua card base. The finishing touch was some of the sequins that came in the March kit, which have found their way on many, many of my projects.

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I hope you'll join the challenge this month! Can't wait to see what you create!!

SUPPLIES USED:

Hero Arts Black Dye Ink
Hero Arts Black Dye Ink

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Mini MISTI
Mini MISTI

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Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini
Ranger Multi Medium Matte - Mini

MFT
Scor-Tape 1/8
Scor-Tape 1/8"

MFT
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero - March 2018

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